THE EXPEDITION a health cocktail with turmeric

It’s no secret that we love a good cocktail around here just as much as we love self care. Most of the time those things seem mutually exclusive (although I am a firm believer in a glass of wine in the bathtub), but what would happen if you mixed the two? Maybe like adding turmeric to a cocktail – why not?!

Turmeric is absolutely, hands down one of my favorite go-to spices. It warms me up, helps fight off colds, packs an amazing flavor punch, and just about cures all ails – it is my personal magic bullet. So you can imagine my delight when I discovered Von Humboldt’s turmeric liqueur.

On its own, turmeric can have an intense, bitter flavor, but in this liqueur it’s been distilled down with coriander seed, rose petal, and lemon zest to sweeten things up a bit. It is a delicious earthy modifier that holds her own in a cocktail or enjoyed as a digestif after a meal.

THE EXPEDITION
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Ingredients
  • 2 oz Von Humboldt's turmeric liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lemon
  • ½ oz honey syrup
  • 3-4 slices of cucumber
  • Gin or vodka (dealer's choice)
Instructions
  1. Muddle cucumber in bottom of shaker, add all liquid ingredients and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a coupe glass and float a cucumber on top as garnish.
  3. Serve, sip, repeat!


THE CLASSIC easily the best 30-second cocktail addition

FRIEND! Ooh do I have a treat for you today! It’s been kind of an icky, rainy week and not only in Mercury in retrograde, but 3 other planets as well (woof), so clearly, we are all in need of a cocktail. Luckily, I take my job very seriously and do a lot of research and development of fabulous new cocktails and products to make your bar cart and happy hour easy, delicious, and relaxing.

So, that being said, meet the latest addition to your bar cart – The Owls Brew. First of all, it was started by two women, so that is reason enough to pick up a few bottles (at least in my book), secondly it’s one of the best cocktail mixers I have ever tried.
All of their mixers (and they have a great variety) are tea based (HOLLA!) And let me tell you, they are absolutely fantastic. Like, order-all-of-them-and-have-them-on-hand-at-all-times fantastic.

Plus, they are super easy to mix – ready, two parts mixer & one part booze. DONE. If that doesn’t meet 30-second cocktail qualifications, I don’t know what does.

THE CLASSIC
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Ingredients
  • The Classic mix from The Owls Brew
  • Gin
  • Ice
  • Lemon slice (optional)
  • Cucumber slice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add in one part gin to two parts mix (or to taste) over crushed ice
  2. Top off with lemon and cucumber slice & VOILA!

So, what do you think? Willing to give it a try? If not, you are crazy cause these mixers are LEGIT. So get them and then call me and we will have the best happy hour ever.

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THE RUBY ROSE a refresh grapefruit and rosemary cocktail

Babe-trons, we did it. We made it through the week. It’s officially Friday, it’s probably close(ish) to quitting time, and I am sure there are one or two things for you to celebrate. And you now the best way to celebrate? With a fabulous cocktail! We are crushing hard on this delicious grapefruit and rosemary pair and we can’t wait to share. Meet the Ruby Rose. Delightful, refreshing, and absolutely no muddling required 😉
The Ruby Rose Cocktail via Lauren KelpI mean, look at her! She can’t even help her sassy pink self. So here is the skinny, the Ruby Rose is like freaky easy. A little grapefruit, some vodka, a little St. Germain (which you should have on hand at all time because even if you don’t use it, it makes your bar cart look fancy af), some rosemary and voi-freaking-la. Easy baby, what did I tell ya?

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THE RUBY ROSE
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Ingredients
  • Juice from half a Ruby Red grapefruit
  • 2 shots of vodka (we used Tito's)
  • 1 shot of St. Germain Elderflower
  • Dash of lemon juice (more to taste)
  • Rosemary sprig to garnish and stir
  • Sugar for rimming
Instructions
  1. Cut the end of the lemon off and rub it on the top of your glass and dip in sugar
  2. Add a handful of ice into your cocktail shaker and add in vodka, grapefruit juice, and St. Germain, shake gently until container is frosty.
  3. Pour into your perfectly rimmed glass, add a sprig of rosemary & stir to add in some of the herb flavor.
  4. Serve, sip, repeat!

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FRENCH 75 my favorite go-to fancy cocktail

Hello, hello my favorite festive babes! How are you doing post-holiday? I for one have had a very, very slow start to 2017. Burn out is real and 2016 was full of it. I am taking my time & easing back into the swing of things, but in true LK form, we thought we would kick things off with a fun cocktail. Meet my favorite celebratory libation – the French 75!

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The French 75 is particularly special to me, because we had them at our engagement party many moons ago. They always remind me of something special and fun. No matter where I am or what I am doing, if I have something to celebrate, a birthday, something big at work, I whip up a French 75 and cheers to the magic.

Do you have a drink like that? I am always so curious about how people celebrate. I would love to know!

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FRENCH 75
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons gin
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • ¼ cup chilled champagne
Instructions
  1. With a pairing knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral.
  2. In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled glass & top with chamapgne
  3. Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.

french 75 | lauren kelpI mean…just look at it, she is so pretty! How can you go wrong with chilled champagne and gin? It’s like magic in a glass! Cheers, my friends

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THE BEETLEJUICE COCKTAIL a deceptively delicious Halloween treat

Happy almost-Halloween, my favorite little goblins! Halloween tends to get a really bad rep, but it is truthfully one of my favorite holidays. My parents had these fabulous Halloween parties growing up – all of the furniture had sheets over it, candles everywhere, spider webs draped from every corner and column – it was an absolute blast. When you are post-college but pre-kids, it is a bit of an awkward holiday – I get it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an excuse to get the gang together! 

Whether you are having people over for a low key potluck or hosting a spooky cocktail party, it’s imperative that you have a good speciality cocktail! And, wouldn’t you know it, we have just the thing! Meet the delicious, deceptive, and all together bad (in a good way)…BEETLEJUICE
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Isn’t it fun? Perfect for a big pitcher or to whip up as your guests request them, either way – you can’t deny it’s totally spooky. The base is tequila, but it’s perfect for any cocktail lover. The el Jimador gives it a nice smokey base, but the mint and lime juice sweeten her right up. 

When I have a group over for a cocktail party, I love to break out a variety of fun glasses. If you have 20 of the same wine glasses, good on ya, but if not, bust out your favorites. So, what do you think? Ready to throw a party? We thought so! 

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THE BEETLEJUICE COCKTAIL
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Ingredients
  • 2 Parts el Jimador Tequila
  • ½ Part Green Mint Liqueur
  • ½ Part Lime Juice
  • ¼ Part Simple Syrup
  • 1 Sprig Mint Leaf
Instructions
  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with mint leaf.

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THE PERFECT MAKE-AHEAD FALL SANGRIA tailgating, house parties, or just to have on hand!

‘Tis the season for fabulously fall cocktails. Warm toddies, things with whipped cream on them, and autumnal as hell sangria. Sangria gets the rep as a purely summer cocktail and I just don’t think that is true. I know wassail is (basically) the cold-weather version, but why can’t we carry Sangria into fall and give it a little cinnamon kick?

Well, we totally did and it’s absolutely delicious. This little recipe is perfect for tailgating, watch day parties, porch hangs, or just to have on hand. Make it on a Friday (hey, that’s today…what a coincidence) and serve it all weekend long. Look at that, it’s just as easy as ever! While not truly a 30-second cocktail as it needs to sit, it is still just as easy!

Happy cocktail-ing, my friends!
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Okay, before we get into it, let’s talk about these amazing high ball glasses. I am a total sucker for a good cocktail glass & these Thug Life highball glasses from Easy Tiger totally fit the bill. A little mid-century, a little funky, a whole lotta fun. Plus, GOLD!

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FALL SANGRIA WITH CINNAMON SIMPLE SYRUP
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Ingredients
  • 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1½ cups apple cider
  • ½ cup apple brandy
  • ¼ cup Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 2 soaked cinnamon sticks (from Cinnamon Simple Syrup)
  • 1 Fuji apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small green pear, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ small pomegranate, seeded
  • ½ orange, thinly sliced and each sliced halved
Instructions
Cinnamon Simple Syrup:
  1. Combine the 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan, bringing it to a boil over high heat.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved (3 minutes)
  3. Transfer the syrup to a container with a lid, add the cinnamon sticks and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 48 hours. The longer it sits, the more intense the flavor. Remove the cinnamon sticks and save to add to the sangria mixture
Sangria:
  1. In a large (fridge safe) container, combine the wine, apple cider, apple brand, cinnamon simple syrup, and thinly sliced fruit.
  2. Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours
  3. Once ready, transfer to sangria glass (add in a handful of ice if you want) and add in the cinnamon sticks as a garnish

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PIMM’S CUP the perfect transition cocktail

Every year my family goes up to the east coast & spends a week or two in Martha’s Vineyard. When we were kids, it used to be the whole summer, and slowly, as time has passed and with summer camps, traveling sports, college schedules, and now jobs, our time on the Vineyard has been whittled down to just a few days.

One of my favorite memories of this island is sitting outside on the deck with my parents & sipping Pimm’s Cups. My father has British roots and there is something still very English about the island, so fixing a Pimm’s Cup at the end of the day and sipping it on the porch watching the sun set was a fun little family homage.

Now that summer is slowly winding down, I wanted to share one of my favorite end of summer cocktails – the delicious & oh-so-easy Pimm’s Cup. Enjoy!

 

PIMM'S CUP
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Ingredients
  • Pimm's
  • Ice
  • Ginger Ale
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced lemon
  • Mint
Instructions
  1. Add a handful of ice to a tall Collins glass & pout in one jigger of Pimm's, 3 of Ginger Ale, a slice of cucumber. Stir to combine.
  2. Add mint & lemon as a garnish


illustration by Rebecca Bradley

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HOST A TEQUILA TASTING easy, fun, & informative

HOST A TEQUILA TASTING PARTY via Lauren KelpWell, howdy! It’s been a little quiet over here but it’s only because we’ve been busy working away on the best recipes, taste-testing those 30-second cocktails, and, truthfully, we’ve been rolling around and enjoying the last bits of summer. To keep that summer-vibe alive a little longer, we hosted the most fantastic tequila tasting party.

Truthfully, it happened by accident (as all tequila happenings should) and it turned our night from a fun hang out with friends to a night we all still laugh about! It all started because we were talking about our favorite types of tequila and why we liked them, which (naturally) turned into a “mine is totally better than yours!” convo. So we decided to settle it, once & for all! We Drizly-ed over the top three tequilas (according to the group) and had ourselves a little tasting!
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We all decided upon three tequilas to try & staged a little friendly competition. Judged based on flavor, finish, and how cool the bottles label was (hey, that is totally how you decide what to bring home – don’t lie!) and voila! An easy little at-home tequila tasting fest. Here are our three contestants:

1. Espolón – This was my pick for favorite tequila & I have to say, I think I won some people over. It has won a ton of awards, it is affordable, and you really can’t beat the taste. Perfect for palomas, margaritas, or just to sip on a hot Saturday in the summer. Plus, how cool is their label?

2. el Jimador – This tequila is smooth, full bodied (I don’t really know what that means, but it makes sense when you try it), and great for mixing up margaritas. Use this tequila if you are mixing up a cocktail that has strong flavors (like a peach basil margarita or, one of my favorites, the blood orange marg) There isn’t anything crazy about the taste, but it gets the job done & it’s decent for the price.

3. Herradura – Truthfully, I had never tried the Herradura Silver but I have to say, I really enjoyed it! Almost like a mezcal, it’s smokey and has a more complex finish than I am used to. Another good sipping tequila and one that I would use in a super simple mixed drink as to not overpower its flavors.

HOST A TEQUILA TASTING PARTY via Lauren KelpIf you aren’t in to sipping tequila, here is the ultimate frozen margarita recipe. Our old neighbors in Austin, Michelle (who has a hysterical podcast) & David, used to whip these puppies up and it was like catnip. We couldn’t stay away! Grab some lime-ade (the cheaper the better, really) & get to blending!

PIMM-TOWN MARGARITAS
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The absolute at-home margarita there ever was! Whip them up in a snap or pre-make a batch for a big group. Either way, you'll be happy you did!
Ingredients
  • 2 Frozen Limeades
  • Tequila
  • Ice
  • Limes
Instructions
  1. Pour limeade into blender. Add 2 cups of ice
  2. Fill 1 empty limeade container with tequila and add to blender
  3. Blend until perfectly slushy and wonderful. Squeeze limes & serve!

HOST A TEQUILA TASTING PARTY via Lauren KelpSo, what do you think, my little party people? Ready to host a fun tequila tasting bash this weekend? I mean, it really couldn’t get any easier!

Have your friends bring their favorite bottle, provide some limes, a little salt, and maybe a score card (if you feel like getting fancy) and hop to it!

Find one you like? Share! We are always on the look-out for new and delicious tequilas, so comment below and share your favorite. Happy tasting!
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Photography by Aimée Mazzenga

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30-SECOND GRAPEFRUIT WHISKEY SOUR

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour via Lauren KelpWell, howdy party people! Hope your week is getting off to a fun start. We don’t normally share cocktails on Tuesdays but I thought I would make an exception for all of you who are hosting a dinner party, happy hour, get-together or just need a fun drink to spice up the week!

I am hosting a fun little gals get-together on Thursday and wanted to whip up a cocktail that was delicious, unexpected, and , to be honest, had a pretty color & this Grapefruit Whiskey Sour totally fits the bill. Slightly sweet thanks to the Whiskey, a little tart from the grapefruit, & a whole lot of delicious. This will turn anyone who says they aren’t a Whiskey drinker into a believer – that I can promise you!

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GRAPEFRUIT WHISKEY SOUR
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Perfect for summer, gorgeous in color, and absolutely delicious, this Grapefruit Whiskey Sour is just about the best cocktail going this summer!
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces Michter's American Whiskey
  • 1 large bottle of Grapefruit Soda (chilled)
  • 1 sliced lemon
Instructions
  1. Fill two glasses with a few ice cubes, add the whiskey (I did a jigger and a half for each, but it's totally up to you & your size of glass), & top off with cold grapefruit soda. Stir gently.
  2. Add a lemon wedge on top for garnish
  3. Serve, sip, repeat!

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour via Lauren KelpSo boys & girls, what do you think? Couldn’t be easier – right? Literally pour in some Whiskey (but, treat yourself & make it a good Whiskey, specifically Michter’s – you deserve it), some chilled grapefruit soda (Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store has a great one), pop in some ice, & add some lemon wedges and you are good to go!

Couldn’t be easier, couldn’t be more delicious, and couldn’t be more fun to make. You are well on your way to become Master of the Home Bar – I can feel it!

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BASIL INFUSED TEQUILA LEMONADE a summer staple

basil infused tequila lemonade, perfect for summer entertaining via Lauren Kelp

Well howdy, weekend warriors! How was your weekend? Full of fun cocktails, delicious brunch recipes, and other summertime activities, I hope! Now that summer is in full swing our penchant for entertaining has been kicked up another notch & that means we get to play around with recipes like this one! One of our favorite foodies, Elizabeth, whipped up this basil infused tequila lemonade & it’s just about the best things we’ve ever had in our whole lives. I mean, just look at it. It’s stunning! Scroll on down to find the best make-ahead recipe that is sure to ‘wow’ any crowd!

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BASIL INFUSED TEQUILA LEMONADE
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Ingredients
  • 1.5 Ounces of basil infused tequila
  • 8 Ounces of lemonade
  • 1 Tablespoon of agave nectar
  • Soda Water
  • Basil Leaves
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker combine tequila, lemonade, agave nectar, ice and basil leaves. Pour into a chilled glass with ice and float soda water over top. Garnish with basil leaves + lemon wedges.
Note:
  1. For infused tequila add one cup of tequila in a mason jar and a handful of torn basil leaves. Seal tightly and leave in the refrigerator for 5-7 days until desired flavor is met.

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